The bookies in Las Vegas clearly aren’t worried about South Carolina getting off to a bad start, as the Gamecocks have been installed as 29-point favorites against Coastal Carolina in the season opener this Saturday.
The line has seen slight downward movement since it opened, when some books had South Carolina favored by as much as 35 points. Although the Gamecocks pummeled the Chanticleers 70-10 in the teams’ only previous meeting, South Carolina hasn’t exactly made a habit out of grinding lower-division teams into dust. The bettors, along with Gamecock fans, probably want to see how this offense is going to look.
The over/under is set at 57, with a projected score sitting at (roughly) 37-12 in favor of South Carolina.
Last season, the Gamecocks were 8-4-1 against the spread, while the Chanticleers were 5-7.